TUESDAY, 4 MARCH 2014

Euthanasia of newborns under the microscope

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Euthanasia is defined as the act of intentionally ending the life of a terminally ill and suffering person in a quick and painless manner for reasons of compassion and mercy.

Euthanasia was practiced by the ancients. The term means “good death,” and the practice was to allow the patient to die in peace and with dignity. For the physician, it would mean caring for the patient and alleviating pain and suffering. However, the physician of ancient times could also cause the death of the patient. One physician would heal; another would provide the poison draught to cause the death of the patient.

The Oath of Hippocrates (ca. 500 BC) was the first attempt from a group of concerned physicians to establish a set of ethical principles that defined the physician as healer, rejecting the role of executioner. The principle of “primum non nocere,” first do no harm, from where the modern concepts of… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2014

Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”

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Recently, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, published an editorial, “Quebec gets it right on the right to die”, which articulated the strongest case that can be made for supporting legalizing euthanasia and Quebec’s Bill 52 which seeks to do just that.

At the time of publication of the editorial, the Bill was expected to pass within days. As events have unfolded that has not occurred due to an unexpected move by the opposition Liberal party members of the Quebec Legislative Assembly, which delayed the Bill being put to a vote. In the interim, a budget bill was introduced and seems almost certain to be voted down, which will lead to a provincial election. Bill 52 will fall with the calling of an election, but if the Parti Quebecois is re-elected it is certain to again be brought forward, so this might be a temporary… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2014

Does silence before Belgium’s new euthanasia law mean consent?

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The Belgian Parliament amended its euthanasia law on February 14, making it available to children. One commentator incorrectly, but poignantly, called it a ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’. Most, however, questioned whether children were capable of making such serious decisions.

Against the proposal was a group of 200 Belgian paediatricians and a group from within the Assembly of the Council of Europe. The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) issued a declaration from their international conference in Mumbai in the days before the vote. The ICPCN was clear: euthanasia is not part of palliative care and is not an alternative to palliative care.

While our thoughts go out to our Belgian colleagues and friends who fought valiantly against this latest bill, other Belgians, like Bart Sturtewagen, the Chief Editor of De Standaard newspaper – one of Belgium’s largest daily newspapers - seemed more than a little… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2014

Belgium extends euthanasia to children

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After little more than a day of debate, the Belgian Chamber of Representatives passed a child euthanasia law on Thursday. The bill now awaits Royal assent from King Philippe.

The bill allows a child who can understand the seriousness of a request for euthanasia and who has his or her parents’ consent to be killed. There is no age limit. The bill is supposedly designed for children experiencing unrelievable pain and symptoms as a result of a terminal disease, yet from the experiences in both Belgium and The Netherlands over the past decade, the reach of the legislation is likely to expand.

Precisely where it might expand to is hard to imagine - this would seem to be legislation at the very bottom of the bad-apple barrel. But considering that few, if any, could have imagine the Belgians leaping so definitively over the moral cliff as they… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 26 JANUARY 2014

Everything you need to know about euthanasia in Quebec

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Created by Vivre dans la Dignite, of Quebec.    

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FRIDAY, 24 JANUARY 2014

It can get ugly

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I don't feel at all qualified to speak on behalf of people living with disability even though I have shared in the lives of many people over the years and I have a son with Down Syndrome. Certainly, my association with other families who have children with Downs and spending time with dear friends with disabilities has enriched my perspective, but I don't want to stand in a public space on this issue principally because people living with disabilities can and do speak well for themselves. It is they whom we should be listening to.

Certainly, my wife Anne and I have experienced some discrimination in our time, but really only in a small way. Enough, however, to know that just below the surface of even cordial exchanges can lie poor attitudes and even bad intentions. The testimony of many friends bear this out in some disturbing… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 15 JANUARY 2014

Death of Welsh academic shows why suicide is the ultimate taboo

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The Welsh newspaper Wales Online recently reported the tragic story of a 44-year-old Welsh academic who chose suicide in the face of her deteriorating health due to the lethal degenerative disease multiple sclerosis. Frances Medley, the former acting head of the Wales Arts Council, a high achiever by any measure, declared in her blog:

The prospect of further rapid deterioration was both terrifying and not one I wanted to entertain. I decided to end my life in a manner of my choosing. I am very clear that, whilst the law might say otherwise, I AM NOT COMMITTING SUICIDE.”

Medley also commented: “Hold your tongue at times when you risk blurting out judgmental potentially hurtful comments; we seldom know the full back story.” Certainly a good principle to live by and one, that for the sake of her memory and the devastation at her loss, I intend to… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SUNDAY, 5 JANUARY 2014

Belgium and the majesty of the law

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Marc Cosyns and Wim Distelmans (photo: Fred Debrock)

What was it Winston Churchill said about Russia: “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”? With respect to social policy, much the same applies to Belgium. Supporters of euthanasia there just roll their eyes in exasperation when critics in the English-speaking world thunder about slippery slopes or violations of human dignity.

The two sides are simply failing to mesh gears in the moral debate. The best example of this is a conversation in the leading Belgian newspaper De Standaard between Wim Distelmans and Marc Cosyns, two leading advocates of legalised euthanasia.

Dr Distelmans is the best-known spokesman for euthanasia in Belgium, its best-known practitioner, and the chairman of the Federal Control and Assessment Commission since it was legalised in 2002. Belgian doctors are required to submit a report on every case of euthanasia and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

SATURDAY, 28 DECEMBER 2013

The year’s top posts on euthanasia

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Few social issues are more inflammatory than euthanasia. Careful! gives you the highlights of developments around the world. Here are the year's top posts. 

Belgian kids get the ultimate Christmas present 

Oregon releases murky assisted suicide stats

20 things you might not know about assisted suicide in Europe

Euthanasia for children is wrong

The inexorable bracket creep of euthanasia in Belgium

Nitschke and Exit must answer questions

Is terminal sedation slow euthanasia?

California company selling helium hoods for suicides

Putting doctors above the law

New first for Belgium: prisoner euthanasia

Tasmanian euthanasia bill defeated, 13-11

La Force de iFop: France’s bizarre path to euthanasia

Paternalism in the Apple Isle

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THURSDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2013

La Force de iFop: France’s bizarre path to euthanasia

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It has often been said the French do it differently; though what exactly it is that they do differently is often left undefined.

That is until the news reports today that a panel, made up of 18 citizens picked by polling firm Ifop to represent the French population, decided that assisted suicide was a good thing for the French to pursue - as well as euthanasia in some oddly defined circumstances.

Why a polling firm was required to randomly select 18 French people for a "Conference of Citizens" is not stated. Nor do we gain an insight into why such a group was charged with making such a grave and momentous decision on behalf of the entire French population.

This comes after a meeting of France's medical ethics council recommended that assisted suicide be allowed in exceptional cases.

Processing an issue such as this through successive… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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